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More patients are facing “devastating consequences” from premature discharge, says watchdog

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2638 (Published 10 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2638
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A health services watchdog has highlighted the “devastating consequences” faced by vulnerable NHS patients who are discharged from hospital too early or without adequate support to return home.

The warning from the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman came after a new report showed that it investigated 221 complaints about hospital discharge in England in 2014-15, a 36% increase from the previous year.1

The ombudsman upheld or partly upheld over half of these complaints in 2014-15, a significantly higher proportion than the average …

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